The Sixth Asian Games ended in Bangkok on Sunday night with South Korea and Burma sharing the gold medal in the last event, the football final.
The Sixth Asian Games ended in Bangkok on Sunday night with South Korea and Burma sharing the gold medal in the last event, the football final. They fought out a goa-less draw in a match which went into extra time. At the end of extra time. At the end of extra time, both sides decided to call it a day to allow the closing ceremony to take place.
Burma, the 1966 champions, went into the match as favourites, although South Korea beat them last August in the final of the Merdeka Cup tournament in Kuala Lumpur. The Burmese soon showed their worth with more fluent play and created more scoring opportunities.
The goalkeepers for both sides were stars of the match and made many fine saves. in the first half, the Burmese managed to get the ball into the net, but while they were congratulating themselves the referee blew his whistle to disallow the goal.
In the second half, with Burma kicking to the right, the champions stepped up the pressure, but the South Koreans proved as tenacious in defence as the Burmese were in attack. Fouls became more common.
In extra time, the pace slowed down noticeably as both teams wilted int eh tropical humidity. After another 30 fruitless minutes, it has happened in the Asian Gams football competition. India took the bronze medal.
Afterwards 2,000 athletes from the 18 nations which competed paraded around the stadium to concluded the Sixth Asian Gams and welcome the Seventh Asian Games in Teheran in 1974.
SYNOPSIS: The Sixth Asian Games ended in Bangkok on Sunday night with South Korea and Burma contesting the gold medal in the concluding event, the football final.
Burma, in the white shorts, start an attack. They were the 1966 champions, and they went into this game as favourites, despite being defeated by South Korea in the Merdeka Cup tournament in Kuala Lumpur last August. The Burmese created most of the early efforts were thwarted by South Korea's hard-working defence.
Although Burma did succeeded in getting the ball into the net during the first half, the referee disallowed the goal. But the real stars of this match were the two goalkeepers who turned in faultless displays. So by the interval, there was still no score.
In the second half, the champions stepped up the pressure. But the South Koreans clung on tenaciously. With no score at the end of the second half, the match went into extra time. After a further thirty minutes, still without any score, the two teams shared the gold medal -- the first time this has happened in the football final.
Afterwards, the two-thousand athletes from the competing eighteen nations paraded round the stadium to bring the Sixth Asian Games to an end.
A firework display completed the programme. The seventh Asian Games will be staged by Iran in Teheran in 1974.